Framing Your Research Network – RMIT University

“I know it’s important to be active on social networks to increase my research profile, but where do I start?”

Program Goals

This program will support you in analysing and growing your online research network to develop research connections, collaboration opportunities and dissemination channels. 

This course will start on 10 August 2015. Over four weeks you will:

  • analyse and grow your online research profile
  • map your personalized research network
  • explore different methods, communities and channels for sharing your work
  • develop filtering and management strategies for online information and social interactions
  • examine the habits of experienced networked researchers
  • develop a personal research network strategy that supports your work and fits your habits

A Social Learning Experience

This programme is designed as a social learning experience. This means that over 4 weeks we will work and learn together as a community of inquiry. For each week, social networking tasks are made available through our mobile learning platform. You choose in what order, how and when you complete them to best fit your time, your practice and your work. Your task is complete when you report back to the community on your progress. You will also track your progress through a number of key social metrics.

You can’t learn about social networking without being social. So we will meet face to face once a week during workshops and coffee check-ins, as well as online via weekly Google Hangouts which will be recorded. We will also learn together asynchronously through our mobile learning platform and social media. You will also be introduced to experienced, highly networked researchers. And throughout the 4 weeks, Joyce will be available as your personal online coach to answer questions or help solve problems.

Expect to spend approximately 2-3 hours per week on the independent learning activities.


Begins 10 August 2015

  • Introduction workshop to meet and set up your tools (3 hours on Wednesday 12 August 2015)
  • Analyse and build your online profile and spaces (incl. blogs, Google Scholar and Academia.Edu and your RMIT Expert Profile)
  • Connect with Twitter’s research network and participate in our #rmitecr Twitter community
  • Explore a case study

Begins 17 August 2015

  • Select and configure tools to manage and filter your information streams and social interactions
  • Discover and connect with your research communities
  • Explore a case study
  • Community Google Hangout
  • Face-to-face coffee check-in
  • Participate in #rmitecr

Begins 24 August 2015

  • Analyse your information collections and explore collection tools
  • Explore uses of personal research networks and set your goals
  • Share one artefact of your work in your preferred medium/platform
  • Explore a case study
  • Community Google Hangout
  • Face-to-face coffee check-in
  • Participate in #rmitecr

Begins 31 August 2015

  • Reflect on opportunities, risks and new practices of networked researchers
  • Map your personal research network & strategy
  • Closing workshop (3 hours on Wednesday 2 September 2015)
  • Participate in #rmitecr

You will have

  • Continued access to the learning resources for 1 year
  • Continued participation in the #rmitecr community
  • Subscription to a monthly newsletter with curated information for networked academics from Academic Tribe
  • An established, expanding and manageable personal research network.


Social media experience

In order to participate, you will need a small amount of pre-existing social media experience. Basically, if you have a profile on two or more social networking sites (think: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, WordPress, Slideshare, Instagram, Pinterest, Scoop.It or similar) and/or you visit those sites at least once every fortnight, you have the skills needed to participate in this course.

Technical requirements

You will need internet access, a computer and a smart device (preferably a tablet) that you can use throughout the program and that you have permissions to install apps on.

About Joyce Seitzinger and Academic Tribe

Joyce Seitzinger is an education technologist, learning designer and professional development specialist with 16 years experience in the Netherlands, New Zealand and Australia. She has worked in corporate training and higher education and enjoys both environments for their own challenges.

Increasingly she has seen her work shift from being a trainer to being a digital coach for academic staff. At Deakin University she was involved as social media coach in the first two cycles of Research My World, a pilot project to trial university-wide crowdfunding for research.

In January 2014, Joyce left the university campus to found Academic Tribe. Academic Tribe is a distributed network of education and social learning specialists who provide consultancy and services in learner experience design, social learning, gamification and open badges. In its short existence, the tribe has built collaborative client relationships with RMIT University, University of Melbourne, ODLAA, Adult Learning Australia, AITD and Chisholm Online.

Joyce has a Masters in Education Technology from the University of Southern Queensland and specialises in open badges, social learning and learner experience design in education.

Joyce uses many social media platforms but can most often be found on Twitter at @catspyjamasnz.

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